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Kairos charter school to open in publishing office BY JACOB BARKER St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Kairos Academies, the only charter middle school expected to open in St. Louis this year, has signed a lease for a portion of Concordia Publishing House’s building in the Marine Villa neighborhood. Kairos plans to open in the

143-year-old building at the corner of Miami Street and Jefferson Avenue by mid-August for an initial sixth-grade class of 115 students. Co-founder and CEO Gavin Schiffres said the former office layout of the new space meshes with the school’s mission: to teach kids in environments similar to the openoffice spaces where they will

one day work. “People work in open-office co-working spaces,” he said. “We are trying to create a space where students can self-manage and work productively.” Lease terms will allow Kairos to secure additional space on other floors as the charter school grows, Schiffres said.

It has renewal options that will give it access to the building for 20-plus years. In addition to Schiffres, Kairos was co-founded by Jack Krewson, son of St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson. He said the effort has no involvement from City Hall. Jacob Barker • 314-340-8291 @jacobbarker on Twitter jbarker@post-dispatch.com

HILLARY LEVIN • hlevin@post-dispatch.com

Andy Orahood, of Maplewood, has his dog Sam leap through the rings to catch a stick Monday at the Maplewood Dog Park, while Sam’s buddies look on. Temperatures reached 50 degrees on the first weeknight evening of daylight saving time, giving pups and their owners extra incentive to linger outdoors.

LAW & ORDER

RIVERVIEW > Police seek two suspects in fatal shooting • A man in his late teens was found fatally shot in the 100 block of Chambers Road on Monday afternoon, police said. Investigators are searching for two suspects who fled the scene on foot. Riverview police were called to the scene about 2:50 p.m. and found the man suffering from at least one gunshot wound. He was taken to a hospital, where

he was pronounced dead. The investigation was being handled by the St. Louis County Police Department’s Bureau of Crimes Against Persons. CALVERTON PARK > Woman found fatally shot at home; man charged • A woman with multiple gunshot wounds was found dead in her home on Grether Avenue on Sunday morning, officials with the Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis said. Calverton Park police responded to a welfare check at the home of Demetria Howard, 23, Green about 12:55 a.m. Sunday and found her dead inside. The Major Case Squad was called in to lead the homicide investigation and eventually arrested Perry Green, 24, of Ferguson, in connection with Howard’s murder. Green has been charged by the St. Louis County prosecuting attorney’s office with firstdegree murder and armed criminal action. Green was being held in lieu of $500,000 bail, cash only. ST. LOUIS > Man is carjacked as he tries to untangle tree

branch from vehicle • A man got out of his car to remove a tree branch lodged underneath it Saturday and was carjacked at gunpoint in the Central West End, police say. The man, 53, was robbed of his vehicle between 12:30 and 1 p.m. Saturday in the 100 block of North Taylor Avenue, near West Pine Boulevard. He was not hurt. The man showed up at the North Patrol police station on Union Boulevard about 2:45 p.m. Saturday to report the crime. The man told police he had pulled along the curb at North Taylor and West Pine after he heard a loud scraping sound. He realized there was a tree branch lodged under his vehicle. He tried to remove it, police say. When he stood up, the man was approached by robbers. They took his vehicle at gunpoint, police say. NEW BLOOMFIELD, MO. > Man admits to killing two at RV park • A Rolla, Mo., man has pleaded guilty to killing two people who had evicted him from a central Missouri campground. Gary Sweet pleaded guilty Friday to two counts of seconddegree murder and two counts of assault in the deaths of Jim and Sheri Parker in November 2017. Authorities said the Parkers managed the Riverview RV Park

BY JOEL CURRIER St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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LINCOLN COUNTY > Woman arrested in killing of boyfriend • A woman has been charged with first-degree murder after she shot her boyfriend early Monday, telling police he had assaulted her earlier that same morning. Police responded to a call for a domestic dispute about 3 a.m. on Lakota Acres and found Keith Medici Sweetin, 63, dead inside the home. He had a single gunshot wound to his head. Sweetin’s girlfriend, Angela Medici, 49, told investigators that she’d shot Sweetin with a handgun after he assaulted her. Medici is charged with murder in the first degree and armed criminal action and is being held in lieu of $300,000 bail.

Mother of boy killed on bike forgives teen driver in court

and Campground along the Osage Beach River in Lake Ozark, about 130 miles southwest of St. Louis. The Parkers were found dead from gunshot wounds in the living quarters of the park’s office. Prosecutors said the Parkers had evicted Sweet from the campground about a month before they were killed. ST. LOUIS > Man is carjacked, shot at after giving the shooter a ride • A man told police he gave an acquaintance a ride and then was shot at and carjacked Monday afternoon in the Tower Grove East neighborhood. Police responded to a call for a carjacking just after 4 p.m. and met with the 35-year-old male victim, who told police he drove an acquaintance of his to the 3300 block of Wyoming Street. When they arrived, the acquaintance suddenly took the man’s gun and fired at him. The bullet missed and then the suspect hit the man in the forehead with the gun. The victim fled and the suspect fired another shot at him as he ran. The suspect then drove off in the victim’s 2017 Kia Soul. The victim suffered a minor injury to his forehead but refused medical treatment. Police were investigating.

forgiveness Monday to the driver who hit and killed her son as he rode his bike in a St. Louis neighborhood two years ago. As she cried and held a placard with pictures of 7-year-old Demond Moorhead, she said she just wanted Jamaica Jackson, the teenage driver who hit her son, Demond to be held accountable in the April 23, 2017, crash. “She’s a mother, too, and I forgive her,” Johnika Davis said, sobbing. “I just ask God to give me peace. I Jackson can’t change what took place.” Jackson, 19, was crying, too, as she pleaded guilty to second-degree involuntary manslaughter and awaited the judge’s sentence in the case. Authorities say Jackson did not have a valid license, ran a stop sign and was speeding when she struck Demond with her SUV as the boy rode out of an alley in the city’s Patch neighborhood. Jackson, who was 17 at the time, was only able to form a few words in front of the judge. “I’ve been wanting to say sorry to his mother for a long time, but I didn’t know how she was going to react to me,” Jackson said. Circuit Judge Michael Noble looked at the photos of young Demond and said finding justice was a difficult balancing act before giving Jackson a suspended sentence. He ordered her to serve five years’ probation in the case. “This is a horrible case,” Noble said. “This is a tragic case. You have a loss of life that’s irreplaceable. “And you,” he said, addressing Jackson, “have forever the weight of knowing your actions led to this loss of life.” Prosecutors did not recommend a sentence in the case; her lawyer asked for probation. She was driving with her boyfriend in the passenger seat and her two young boys in the back of the Jeep Commander SUV. Surveillance video caught Jackson rolling through a stop sign at Minnesota Avenue and Schirmer Street, and her SUV did not slow down before hitting Demond, charging documents say. She was driving 36 mph in a 25 mph zone. She was negligent but hit Demond as the boy came “flying” out of an alley on his bike about 6:30 p.m. that night, according to her attorney, Terry Niehoff. She had no criminal record, and stayed at the scene to cooperate with authorities after hitting Demond. “It was an accident,” Niehoff said. “A terrible accident.” Demond lived about a mile away in the 6300 block of Alabama Avenue. He was pronounced dead at a hospital. Demond’s mother said she was taking medication and seeing a psychiatrist to deal with her son’s death. “It’s been a long two years,” Davis said. “My life has been miserable. ... I have nightmares every day. ... I never thought in a million years I would have to bury him.” Despite the forgiveness Davis offered Jackson, Demond’s family seemed unhappy with the sentence. The boy’s father, Jimmie Moorhead, stormed out of the courtroom when it became clear Jackson would not get jail time. Other family members trailed out after him.

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